Ionic hair tools have been a major trend for years now. Are they really worth the investment, or is it all just marketing hype?
The Science Behind Ionic Hair Tools
Let’s talk science. First things first, you should know that your hair is made up of positive and negative ions. When you create friction by brushing your hair or towel-drying it, you strip your hair of negative ions. This upsets your hair’s natural state, causing frizz and static.
Fortunately, ionic hair tools such as brushes can reverse this effect. When you heat up an ionic hairbrush and brush your hair with it, you add negative ions back into your hair and restore its natural charge. That ultimately means you get hair that's shinier, smoother, and less frizzy.
Ionic Hairbrushes: Instant Fix or Long-Term Solution?
Ionic hairbrushes are great in both the long term and the short term. You'll see an obvious difference after your first use. When negative ions bond with your hair, they close the cuticle.
Whatever frayed or split ends you have are sealed temporarily, so they look smoother. When your hair cuticles close, moisture is locked in, making your hair look incredibly healthy and lush.
Another benefit of ionic hairbrushes is that they reduce drying time. If you have long or thick hair, this can be life-changing! Who wants to sit for an hour with a blow dryer? You surely have better things to do and more interesting ways to work out your arms.
And reducing drying time isn't just about time. Because ionic brushes force water molecules off your hair faster, they reduce the amount of heat damage that you get with every blowout. This means gorgeous hair now and even better-looking hair in the future.
Use your ionic brush alongside products formulated to help your hair withstand the heat, such as ghd Unplugged Heat Protect Spray or the cult product Kérastase Résistance Ciment Thermique 150ml
How to Choose an Ionic Hairbrush
Ready to get your own ionic brush? It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. While there are some cool-looking high-tech ionic brushes out there, you don’t really need them. Rather than using a battery-operated brush, you can use a regular ionic brush with your hair dryer to get the same effect. Hair pros love the evo pete ionic paddle brush, and it's easy to see why.
Created to work with heat styling to impart minimal damage to the hair cuticle.
- 1. Paddle Brush
- 2. Barrel Brushes
Other than hairbrushes, high-quality professional hairdryers use ionic technology for a salon-fresh finish. You can find the Parlux Power Light 385 Ionic & Ceramic Hairdryer - Black in the best salons around the world—and we couldn't live without it!